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Photo#143453
Small, bright yellow bee, Bay Area, CA - Anthidium manicatum

Small, bright yellow bee, Bay Area, CA - Anthidium manicatum
Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, USA
September 5, 2007
Several of them milling about a flower bush

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Wool Carder Bee seen today as well
After reading your comments I wanted to see if they were still in the same area, and they were.

Since it was a separate occasion, I posted it separately, however, I hope it is acceptable to post pictures taken at the same time in the same thread as pictures of a group, and not an individual.

The first of the second day series is here:


looks like a female
about 12mm in body length.

I appreciate all three comments!
It is really fun to find out something that I have photographed is considered of scientific value. And even if they weren't they are striking insects! I hope I see them again!

The lens on my cam had a MOD of 77 inches and focal length to 300mm, and no autofocus. All things considered, I consider them pretty good pictures.

It looks like:
Anthidium manicatum, the introduced carder bee.
So hard to catch insects in flight!

 
yes it does
This is very significant and publishable range extension as it the first record of this species for California. I've seen some records from elsewhere in western North America, including BugGuide photos, but these have not been published in print yet. A very interesting find but also troubling as it shows how quickly invasive bees spread acorss the continent.

 
Good going, Mac!
Nice find. Yes, sometime those blurry photos pay off. Thanks for having the guts to post them...and without apology. We need more of this.

 
I think I understand your comment...
I sort of went of on a lens tangent, but let me see if we have the same outlook on posting photographs. I post them for more than one reason. Sometimes I thing the photos are good enough that others might enjoy seeing them, and sometimes I am more interested if someone can identify something that is new to me. On those Occasions the photos only have to be good enough for someone to identify...And, of course, even so-so pictures provide data. I have no problem with most of my pictures being frassed. So...why not just post them, and maybe learn something.

 
We're totally in sync
While you're certainly not in their number, I'm seeing recent evidence of many people who are afraid to post what I generously call less-than-perfect images. There are also those who post and apologize. I hope they'll see what you've done here and gain some courage and confidence.

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